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Project W

At Davis Wright Tremaine, we are passionate about seeing women succeed. Project W is our commitment to helping women advance their careers, achieve parity in the workplace and improve their lives. Of course, it’s essential that we walk the talk inside our own firm, and we’re proud to have been recognized as an industry leader for our success in supporting and elevating women lawyers. Working Mother magazine has named us one of the country’s 50 Best Law Firms for Women three years running. We have also received Gold Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum six years in a row. This year we were one of just six law firms in the country to meet all of the newly toughened Gold Certification criteria.


Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp: WEB provides business, legal, and practical guidance to help women entrepreneurs succeed. Launched in April 2016 with an inaugural class of 30 diverse, women-led companies, the daylong boot camp delivered clear, usable advice from a highly regarded faculty. Topics covered included: how to best present your value proposition; building a team, from founders to management structure; and demystifying fundraising. Participants included women from such diverse industries as fashion, tech, life sciences, and more. Read more about the event on VentureBeat or at #dwtweb. To join the group visit our LinkedIn group.

Women in Nonprofit: The goal of WiN is to build the preeminent community for women directors, in-house counsel, and management of nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington, D.C. The group was first organized by DWT in 2015, as the firm’s tax-exempt organizations and employment practice groups celebrated the addition of several experienced lawyers to our New York office, many of them women. WiN provides a forum for women in New York and D.C. nonprofits to connect, share ideas, and develop relationships, via substantive programming and networking opportunities. Events have included thought-provoking conversations with Carol Robles-Román, CEO of Legal Momentum, a discussion between Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO of SELF MADE and Kathryn Kolbert, Director, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, and an informational session with Patty Mullahy Fugere, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. To join the group visit our LinkedIn group. See our past presentations.

empoWer: Combining the efforts of a leading bank, accounting firm, insurance brokerage, and DWT, empoWer aims to promote the growth and success of professional women and pave their way to leadership roles. A basic tenet of the initiative is that women who control business and client relationships have the ability to be agents of change and persons of influence at their companies and in the community. Participants in empoWer seek to help one another expand their books of business through networking, professional development, skill-building, and other support. Events have ranged from informative panels to museum meet-ups. To inquire about joining the group, contact Sandra Hong.

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Project W also partners with organizations whose mission includes the advancement of women:

  Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law
A nonprofit membership association bringing together women’s initiatives in law firms and companies of all sizes. 
FemTech Leaders
A global community designed to bridge the gender-diversity gap in FinTech. 

New York Civil Liberties Union
As the state’s foremost defender of civil liberties and civil rights, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is committed to ensuring all women and girls can participate fully and equally in society.

New York Fashion Tech Lab
Co-founded by the Partnership Fund for New York City and Springboard Enterprises, the New York Fashion Tech Lab is a business-development program for early-to growth-stage, women-led fashion technology startups. 

New York Tech Alliance
Promoting women undergraduate students in STEM through annual conferences hosted with ACM-W.
A global collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs redefining leadership. 

Springboard Enterprises
A highly-vetted expert network of innovators, investors and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies led by women. 

The Point 25 Initiative
Based on the belief that having the right network of influential advisors propels a business forward, Point 25 matches the most promising women-led companies with C-level advisors for their advisory boards.

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